Stray chicken breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by megs1001, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. megs1001

    megs1001 Out Of The Brooder

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    Adopted this stray chicken from the animal shelter today. She was picked up several days ago in not the nicest section of town and not surprisingly, no one came to reclaim her. She seems friendly & is quite easily handled though. I was thinking maybe some kind of game bird cross? She's pretty slender.

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  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have any idea how old this bird might be?

    Has the bird laid an egg? If so, you know it is a hen, and yes could have some game mix in it, but is definitely a mix as the head is wrong for a game hen EDITED TO ADD...it looks a bit heavy in the second pic as most games have a very delicate looking head....but if at POL, then most likely a game mix.

    It has some aspects of a Black Sex Link (but too thin/slender however has gold bleed through at hackles) or a Black Australorp (green sheen but shouldn't have any red/gold at hackles). Almost has the frame of a Leghorn, but that could be lack of care and the bird may fill out with proper feed and care to look more layer type.

    However...

    The problem is that if the bird is only about 10 to 12 weeks old, it could be a rooster. It is hard to tell a young rooster from a young, but older pullet. That tail is a bit worrisome, and that could be a developing comb. That could account for the slender build at this time as it simply has not matured yet.

    Age makes a big difference as to what this might be.

    Lady of McCamley
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Have you tried posting the photo at "what breed or gender is this?" Nice looking bird and docile, someone must have spent time with it.
     
  4. megs1001

    megs1001 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is that not this section? Or is there a specific thread to post in?

    No idea on age; they told me adult & I just brought the chicken home tonight, so nope, haven't seen any eggs or heard any crowing.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like a gamebird mix to me, too.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Probably a game breed mix.
     
  7. megs1001

    megs1001 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does everybody think rooster?
    We already have 2. :(
     
  8. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    No, it looks like a hen.
     
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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a hen to me.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It looks to me like you have a game bird hen. :eek:)
     

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